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Sudden Hospital Closure Stuns MA Community; More Coming

Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor for HealthLeaders for HealthLeaders Media

The events leading up to the abrupt closure of a regional hospital in a remote corner of Massachusetts are complicated. But many community hospitals across the country are equally vulnerable, and more will close. >>>

 

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Senate Passes SGR Fix, Obama Likely to Sign

The vote marks the 17th time that Congress has provided a short-term fix for the formula that sets Medicare pay rates for physicians. Included in the bill are two controversial provisions to delay implementation of the ICD-10 medical coding set and the so-called two-midnights rule. >>>

WellPoint CEO: Healthcare Revolution Under Way

Joe Swedish says a revolution in healthcare is heating up and it will be dependent on a rapidly evolving tech landscape through big data, social networks, and personal connectivity. >>>

Hospital-Acquired Infections Decline, But Threat Remains

Despite progress in reducing rates of intestinal, chest, and urinary tract infections transmitted to hospitalized patients, nearly three quarters of a million patients each year end up with healthcare-associated infections, says the CDC. >>>

MSPB Adds Nuance to Readmission Rates

A new measure of healthcare efficiency, Medicare spending per beneficiary, is another pain point for healthcare leaders, but it aims to incentivize higher-quality, less-costly care. >>>

Latest ICD-10 Delay Re-shuffles the Deck, Irritates Players

Another year-long delay in the deadline for implementation of the ICD-10 medical coding set spells frustration for vendors and providers. "This is bad," says CHIME president and CEO Russ Branzell. >>>

Patient Volumes, Patterns Shifting

Reduced inpatient admissions and readmissions are having a corresponding effect on hospital and health system revenues, with question marks over reimbursements. Hospitals are bracing for impact. >>>

What to Do About Physician Unions

As tensions between employed physicians and their hospital bosses ratchet up, HR professionals need to draft a strategy for either blocking or accepting the likely event that doctors will organize into labor unions. >>>

Slideshow: Cardio Services—Keeping Pace with the Pulse of Population Health

Operating margins for cardiovascular specialties remain strong, but many leaders anticipate changes and challenges to their revenue streams that could mean bottom-line pressure. >>>



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News Headlines

Burnt out primary care docs are voting with their feet

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, April 2, 2014

Community health centers may provide services for those who remain uninsured

Kaiser Health News, April 2, 2014

Wage war brews at Johns Hopkins Hospital

The Baltimore Sun, April 2, 2014

Parkland defends growing cost of new public hospital

The Dallas Morning News, April 2, 2014

Hospitals get slow start on stage 2 of Meaningful Use program

Bloomberg BNA, April 1, 2014

St. Charles Parish Hospital (LA) misspent $6 million in bond money, audit says

The Times-Picayune, April 1, 2014

Boston hospitals take steps to set healthy examples for patients

The Boston Globe, April 1, 2014

VT hospital prepares for more patients after the closing of North Adams Regional Hospital

Masslive.com / Associated Press, April 1, 2014

Healthcare spending growth hits 10-year high

USA Today, March 31, 2014

Mayo Clinic aims for more Pentagon funding

Star Tribune, March 27, 2014



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Shifting Patient Patterns

Change is coming, but leaders have various outlooks for and responses to the new patient dynamics. >>>

 

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